Man convicted in ex-girlfriend's death charged with DWI again

Joseph Bertrand

Family and friends of a woman killed by a drunk driver are seeking answers after the man responsible for the death is charged again with DWI.

It has been almost ten years since Michele Lozipone was run over and killed by her former boyfriend. Her lifelong friends still feel the pain of her loss everyday.

"I just want everyone to know how dear she was to us and how much we miss her," said Cindy Richardson, Michele's friend.

Joseph Bertrand ran over Lozipone in December 2003 on Swansea Avenue in Lyncourt after she got out of his car because of his erratic driving, according to police.

Bertrand, whose blood alcohol was twice the legal limit, was convicted of second degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated. He served four years in state prison and was released in 2008.

On June 8th, Bertrand got his drivers license back, and the next day was arrested for DWI, speeding, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

"He was in prison and he absolutely learned nothing," said Dodie Murphy, who was a friend of Michele's. "How remorseful are you if you come out and you start drinking again?"

Bertrand is being held at the Onondaga County Justice Center on $2,500 bail. He is due back in court on June 15th.